JUNE 2012 SIGHTINGS
on 6/29 reported via e-mail: We visited Hickory Knolls Park in St
Charles, Kane County, Illinois for the third time in search of the chat.
On June 18 we arrived around 7:30 AM and heard it a few times but failed
to see it over about 1 1/2 hours of observation. On June 22 we got there
by 6:15 AM and it was very noisy for about a half hour, but again we did
not get sight of it. This morning we arrived at 7:20 and it called a few
times, but finally showed itself-- barely, and from quite a distance. I
even pulled off two shots, one showing the front half and the other its
rear. There were a couple of Purple Martin families and the
bluebirds were still nesting along with Tree Swallows. A pair
of bluebirds was nesting in a box with a downward-facing entrance very
near a box occupied by Tree Swallows.
Mussachio on 6/28 reported via e-mail: Went to Buffalo Park today to
try to find the red headed woodpeckers again, and sure got lucky.
Saw 2 pairs of adults flying from tree to tree for over an hour and
finally 1 juvenile just before I left. I never saw the baby go in or out
of a nest, but where I spotted it there was a hole that looked very fresh.
on 6/28 reported via IBET: ...I've been keeping pretty busy with my
summer census work, but below are a few other recent highlights. On the
26th, after a bird census down in DeKalb County, I stopped at Chapman Rd.
near Burlington (Kane Co.) to take another stab at Swainson's Hawk. Just
after I arrived, Joan Bruchman arrived as well with her Tuesday morning
birding group. They brought luck with them, as a call I had been hearing
nearby turned out to be the male(?) SWAINSON'S HAWK calling to the
female (?) to come out and pick up a morning delivery of rodent for
breakfast for the kids! The two hawks flew back and forth near to one
another for a couple minutes before the female (?) flew back into the
woods and went down, apparently to the nest...
on 6/27 reported via e-mail: Early this morning, Chris and I headed
out to Dick Young Forest Preserve. While we saw/heard no henslow's (our
target bird), we did happen upon a large (100+) colony of BANK SWALLOWS.
They were hanging around the shelter roof, surrounding trees, and pathway
at the North side, mostly immature/juveniles but we did see a few adults
as well. We also noticed that while we saw many between 7:00 & 8:00am, by
our return to the area at 9:30am there were none to be seen.
Kurt Frieders on 6/27 reported via IBET: Last night after dinner we spotted a single Common Nighthawk flying over the corner of 3rd and Fulton Streets in Geneva. It circled many times, and was actively hunting and calling. On a side note the female Cedar Waxwing in our yard (Aurora township) has been dutifully sitting on her nest in our Magnolia tree for almost two weeks now. We also have had a Northern Flicker in the yard the past two mornings.
Mussachio on 6/25 reported via e-mail: Just this lonely Great Egret
on the hunt at Buffalo Park in Algonquin.
on 6/24 reported via IBET: We...have quite a few Common Nighthawks
out here along the Fox River including four birds that fly over Judson
most nights at almost exactly 8:40pm. We have had them in a couple other
locations up here as well although I can't completely determine where the
Judson birds are coming from.
on 6/24 reported via IBET: The DuPage Birding CLub had quite a good
morning on the west side of Nelson Lake Marsh/Dick Young Forest Preserve.
Scott Cohr led the trip, and thirteen people participated. The Osprey
was quite a surprise.
Shambaugh on 6/21 reported via IBET: After work today I took advantage
of the cool weather and bicycled around the west side of Nelson Lake (west
of Batavia) and on the Virgil Gillman Trail near Bliss Woods (Bliss Road
north of Sugar Grove). The highlights at Nelson Lake included 16 COMMON
YELLOWTHROATS, 15 DICKCISSEL, 9 SEDGE WRENS, 8
HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, at least 9 BOBOLINKS, a FIELD SPARROW,
a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a SWAMP SPARROW, and pairs of
YELLOW WARBLERS and EASTERN PHOEBES. There are a lot of TREE
SWALLOWS, including many freshly fledged young. I counted 22 sitting
in the trees near the west side observation deck. Other prairie birds
included PIED-BILLED GREBE in the little pond by the Main Street
parking lot, several NORTHERN FLICKERS, a dozen or so CEDAR
WAXWINGS, a couple INDIGO BUNTINGS, and several GREY
CATBIRDS. Nelson Lake is low and has some big mud flats around the
edge. I didn't see any shorebirds besides KILLDEER, but it looks
on 6/21 reported via e-mail: Yesterday morning we heard and saw
Henslow's Sparrows in three separate territories as we walked the
westbound path at the north end of Nelson Lake/Dick Young FP The first
bird was about 100 yards east of the old fence line, and the third was
just as the path starts up the hill.
Wes Serafin on 6/19 reported via IBET: On Sunday Cindy Alberico and myself tried to get a couple new year birds....We...drove to the town of Burlington, Il. Take the road south out of Burlington called Peplow about one mile to Chapman Rd. Union Cemetery is on the right side and provides high ground good for viewing the skies and soaring hawks. If no results, I was told make a left (east) on Chapman and follow the road as it changes to SE. At this point view eastward to the tree line on the east. The [Swainson's] hawk was seen flying/soaring above this tree line. Thanks to Bob Fischer and Karen Lund for details.
on 6/19 reported via e-mail: Just this weekend we saw a pair of
Cedar Waxwings in our yard (Aurora township) for the first time ever.
After observing them, we noticed that they have a nest in our Magnolia
tree. They have been sticking very close to the nest and are spotted each
time we are in the yard. We also have had some good luck with grassland
birds at Nelson Lake. Many Bobolinks, Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks,
and Common Yellowthroats allowed us close enough for good pictures.
Mussachio on 6/19 reported via e-mail: Went to Cville today to see the
eagle that has been there, but he/she was a "no show". But I did stop at
the Red-headed woodpecker nest and got a pic of a baby popping
his/her head out.
Cudworth on 6/19 reported via IBET: Campton Hills Forest Preserve, St.
Charles, 6:16 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (two miles west of St. Charles on Campton
Myers on 6/18 reported via e-mail: American Goldfinches getting some
relief from the heat in our backyard pond in North Aurora.
Cudworth on 6/18 reported via IBET: This morning a Carolina wren
showed up in our yard in Batavia. This species has been heard singing in
the neighborhood well into fall and early in spring, and even all winter
one mild year. But never has it moved through our fairly dense row of
spruce, pines and ornamental trees singing.
Paul Mayer on 6/15 reported via e-mail: The yellow-breasted chat is still present at Hickory Knolls Natural Area with a companion. Mary and I observed both the morning of June15th. Based on our experience with these birds it appears early morning is best. If you’re interested in finding these beautiful birds here are directions: Start on the trail along the boys home fence. Proceed up the wetland past the sign and go another 30-50 yards. You will be able to look north across the wetland and see a large dead tree (grey in color) that stands about 10-15 feet tall. Moving your line of sight to the left you will see a larger dark bush (about 10 feet tall with a branch that rises up from the ground and then goes horizontal. The birds were seen perched and preening on that horizontal branch.
Mussachio on 6/14 reported via e-mail: At the Carpentersville dam, a
Great Blue Heron that finds this fish tail hard to swallow.
Demetri Lafkas on 6/14 reported via eBird: Briefly seeing a Little Blue Heron at about 1 PM at Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve.
Jim Narovec on 6/14 reported via e-mail: On 6/14/2012 about 8am, spotted a Adult Bald Eagle from the Fox River Trail in the middle of the Fox River sitting on a protruding branch of a partially submerged tree, north of the Carpentersville Dam and west of the chemical plant. Have not seen one in this area since February, wonder if its one of the pair that seems to be nesting in this area.
on 6/12 reported via e-mail: This guy popped up for a photo op while I
was on a stroll around Dick Young Forest Preserve.
Mussachio on 6/12 reported via e-mail: Went to Dixie Briggs Fromm
Nature Area in Dundee Township today and saw three or 4 green herons.
And, here is an update pic of our Red -tailed hawk and baby from
yesterday in Dundee.
on 6/11 reported via e-mail: Spotted these young Great Blue Herons
at the wetlands north of I-88 in North Aurora on Friday.
Chris Mussachio on 610 reported via e-mail: Saw a pair of Red Headed Woodpeckers at Buffalo Park, but could not find where they had a nest.
Deb Russo on 6/9 reported via e-mail: Saw my first indigo bunting in Delnor Woods Park at 7:45 pm. Must have been a male since I think they're the completely blue coloring.
on 6/9 reported via e-mail: Nesting outside my front door.
Haverstock on 6/8 reported via e-mail: From Campton Forest Preserve on
6/7, a sight not often seen - a nesting female Dickcissel.
Al Stokie on
6/6 reported via IBET: Hello Bird People,
Mussachio on 6/6 reported via e-mail: Birds of note seen today near
the Carpentersville dam: nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern
Kingbird, Great Blue Heron.
Bill Baar on 6/5 reported via e-mail: Two Sandhill Cranes flew at tree top level Sunday, May 27th, and about 5:30 AM in front of my house at 6N825 Splitrail Lane. They were headed south and were very noisy cranes. I think they’re nesting in that marshy area west of Denker and north of Bolcum.
Eric Secker on 6/5 reported via e-mail: While eating dinner at the Sonic on Randall Rd. in Algonquin on Sunday we saw a HORNED LARK fly into the vacant lot to the south and spend a long time working through the lot.
Julie Long on 6/4 reported via e-mail: While searching for red headed woodpeckers today at Persimmon Woods preserve in ST Charles, I heard and saw an Acadian flycatcher. It was on the east side of the park, near the homes. I did not find any red headed woodpeckers there, or in Delnor Woods in St Charles.
Mussachio on 6/4 reported via e-mail: I checked in today with the
Red-tailed hawk nest in Dundee and everything looks good.
Karen Land on 6/3 reported via IBET: Passing through the intersection of Randall Road and Orchard Road today and spotted 2 adult Sandhills and 2 offspring feeding in the planted field at the Northwest corner.
Laura Werner on 6/2 reported via IBET: On Friday I did some casual birding as I walked my dog at Aurora West. Notables included GC FLYCATCHER and a possible breeding pair of SCARLET TANAGERS in the woodlot (visual on 1 male, another bird calling nearby), a BELL'S VIREO singing near the airplane field, a YELLOW WARBLER feeding fledglings.
Mussachio on 6/1 reported via e-mail: Spotted in Carpentersville
today: Barn and Tree Swallows, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Double-crested
Cormorant, and Great Blue Heron.
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